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Feb. 17 - MARIETTA, Ohio – The Bethany College indoor track and field teams continued its strong season Friday by competing at the unscored Marietta (Ohio) College Invitational.

The Bison, who did not take full squads to the small meet, were led by several first places on the men’s side. Two wins came in the middle distance events. Sophomore Lamine Balde (Guinea/William L. Sayre) took first with a winning time of 53.61 and senior Joe Douglas (Wheeling, W.Va./Wheeling Park) was the winner in the 800 with a time of 2:05.56.

The other first place was pulled in by senior Ken Barrows (Wheeling, W.Va./Bishop Donahue), who cleared 1.83 meters to win the high jump.

The short sprints also featured high finishes from the Bison. Freshman Dillon Handy (Alliance, Ohio) placed second in the 55 Hurdles with a time of 8.74. Another freshman, Anthony Thompson (Colquitt, Ga./Miller County) grabbed third place in the 200 with a time of 23.81 and also finished fourth in the 55 by crossing in 6.76 seconds.

The women’s team was paced by senior Cassie Allen (Washington, Pa./Canon-McMillan) and sophomore Paige Prato (Gibsonia, Pa./Deer Lakes). In the field events, Allen was the winner in the high jump by getting over 1.37 meters and then took third in the long jump with a measurement of 4.51 meters.

On the track, Prato claimed fifth in the 200 with a time of 28.54. She also fared well in the 55, as she improved from a fifth place standing following the preliminaries to take third place overall with a time of 7.94.

Bethany will be back in action next Friday by travelling to the Denison (Ohio) University Invitational.